MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2006
Records fall as Women's Hoops dominates Charleston Southern, 105-66
Nov. 13, 2006
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The only thing to go wrong for the Dolphins in their 2006-07 season opener was when head coach Jill Dunn nearly fell off her stool in the huddle during a timeout as the JU women's basketball team broke six program records in a dominating 105-66 win over Charleston Southern, Monday evening at the Buc Dome.
JU (1-0) set five team records in the contest including total points (105), first half points (53), second half points (52), field goals made (41) and margin of victory (39 points). Junior forward Ashley Williams also picked up where she left off last season by scoring a program-record 32 points on 14-of-18 shooting from the field. The Dolphins previous margin of victory was 32 points which was set on two different occasions.
CSU (0-1) shot 46 percent from the floor (28-60) but could not stop a Dolphin offense which shot 61 percent (41-67), including a 54 percent clip from the 3-point line (7-13) and an 84 percent mark from the charity stripe (16-19).
"I'm very pleased with our performance to start the season," said Dunn. "We set a few new records and I hope this is a game to build our season around. We played two 20 minute halves and I can't complain in any area."
Williams, who was a preseason all-conference selection, also tallied five rebounds and five steals to lead the squad. Sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton finished with a career-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including a 3-for-3 effort from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire tallied 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds and freshman forward Desarea Johnson rounded out the double figure scoring with 10 points and six rebounds.
The Dolphins went over the century mark for the first time in program history when sophomore guard Crystal Ayers made a layup with 1:14 left in the contest. The Dolphins shot 69 percent in the second frame (18-26) and connected on 86 percent from the free-throw line (13-15).
JU surpassed the previous program high of 91 against Samford on Jan. 19, 2002 and also passed the second half high of 50 points, which was set in the same contest.
Leading 53-29 at the break, the Dolphins opened with a 4-0 run after consecutive baskets by Williams.
The Bucs answered with a 7-2 run to make it 59-36 at the 17:47 mark after a pair of free throws by Shante Smalls.
The Dolphins pushed the lead to 30 with a 10-3 run to make it 66-36 after a three-point play by Williams with 16:31 remaining.
CSU cut the lead to 23 on two occasions but JU answered with runs of 8-2 and 10-0 to snuff out any momentum the Bucs had.
In the first half, the Dolphins took an early 2-0 lead before the game even started after sophomore guard Regina Omoite connected on two free-throws following an indirect technical by the CSU bench (game book starters). JU jumped out to an early 15-6 lead after a jumper by Williams at the 16:10 mark.
CSU answered with an 8-3 run to cut the margin to 18-14 after a put back by Amber James at the 14:20 mark.
The Dolphins jumped back out to a 25-14 lead when Williams capped a 9-0 run with lay up with 12:25 remaining. After a put back by Keena Wicker made it a 29-16 contest at the 8:25 mark, JU held the Bucs scoreless for the next two minutes as the Dolphins opened a 37-18 advantage on a jumper by Williams with 6:23 left in the half.
JU ended the period outscoring the Bucs, 16-11, to surpass the previous first half mark of 45 points against Robert Morris on Sept. 23, 2002. The Dolphins shot 56 percent from the field (23-41) and held a 23-8 rebounding advantage over the Bucs.
The Dolphins will return to Swisher Gymnasium for their 2006-07 home opener as the squad hosts South Carolina State on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
2006-07 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL